Club Blu shooting victim’s brother works to establish basketball camp in his honor
A brother’s love continues years after his younger brother was taken too soon during a senseless act of violence.
When Sean Archilles was 14 years old, he was shot and killed during an attack at Club Blu in Fort Myers in 2016. He was a teenager with a love for basketball.
For the first time, we are hearing from his brother, Dsean Archilles, who says he plays basketball always with his brother in mind.
Dsean is planning a basketball camp for kids in Fort Myers in honor of Sean’s name and memory. His brother was a rising local basketball star before he was killed here almost five years ago.
“I was in my room. My phone was getting blown up,” Dsean said. “I was like, ‘What’s going on?’”
Dsean Archilles vividly remembers the day he found out five people were arrested and accused in his brother’s murder.
“I was very ecstatic,” Dsean said. “Like you know, very joyful.”
Since his brother’s death, Dsean began focusing on basketball, the sport his brother was passionate about.
“When I feel like times is bad, I have a bad game, I’ll be like, ‘I have to do this. I still got to do this for a reason,’” Dsean said. “Like there’s sometimes I even wanted to quit, like just give up, but like he’s the reason why I keep going.”
Dsean says he misses his brother’s presence the most. He says Sean would light up a room and had a talent for making people smile.
“That situation, it brought me and my mom much closer,” Dsean said. “We were always good; you know what I’m saying? But her and my brother were like (crosses his fingers).”
Dsean is planning on organizing a basketball camp in Fort Myers to honor Sean and create an opportunity for youth in the community.
“I just want to give back in his name because he was the person,” Dsean said. He liked to give back himself.”
Dsean told us he’s still in the planning stages of his youth basketball camp but is hoping to have it going by late May.
He says he already has a lot of support for the camp from friends, family and the community, a nd he’s now working on raising money.
“I want it to be something that will keep kids more off the streets, type vibe, you know what I’m saying?” Dsean said. “Show them that it’s more to life than that, the big homies and stuff. Like, you can really go somewhere with basketball and stuff.”